makes the attempt absurd; the Scarecrow and the Tin Man, neither of whom can eat, do not encourage sanity either. Sadly for Baum, the highly successful film, The Wizard of Oz, happened 20 years after his death on May 6, 1919. Two good witches and two bad ones divide Oz among them, all of them powerful, with the weak pretend-Wizard ruling the Emerald City at the centre. But... the Land of Oz has never been civilized, for we are cut off from all the rest of the world. Therefore we still have witches and wizards...”Yet Baum’s last words were: “Now we can cross the Shifting Sands.” Oz had never left him.
Source: The Telegraph May 16, 2019 14:37 UTC